Letter from the Co-Chairs
As we begin the New Year, the Executive Committee of the OSB ADR Section is committed to continue to provide a forum for the professional development of its members and for the exchange of ideas and examination of trends in alternative dispute resolution.
In 2011, we expect our primary focus will be to continue to provide programs that will (1) enhance lawyers negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and advocacy skills, (2) support the judiciary in efforts to create and maintain ADR programs, and (3) advocate and lobby for ADR issues in the state legislature.
ADR CLE Programs
During the past two years, the ADR Section through the Executive Committee began a program of mini CLEs offered for 2 hours during lunchtime at little or no cost to Section members. Those programs have been very successful and the Executive Committee intends to continue to organize and offer those CLEs in the year ahead as well as potentially partner with other sections or organizations to expand the scope of our outreach in the field of ADR. Once the specific topics, dates and locations for those CLEs are finalized, the schedule will be published in the Section Newsletter which is emailed to members monthly and archived on our website.
ADR Section Newsletter
The ADR Newsletter reaches our entire membership and is available on the section website. If you would like to publish an article about important ADR topics in section Newsletter or if you want to suggest a topic for an article, please contact Executive Committee member, Forrest Collins at email@example.com.
ADR Section Website
During 2010, Executive Committee members Gail McEwen, Bob Banks, and Forrest Collins were instrumental in updating and revising the Section website to make it more “user-friendly” and provide more resources to Section members. The website now provides both a library of resources related to the ADR practice, and as well as current ADR topics and OSB Section news.
Judicial & Legislative Relations
The ADR Section will continue to work with the state judiciary and the Oregon State Legislature to provide input on ADR issues. If there are issues that you would like to see the ADR Section address, please let us know.
We look forward to serving as the ADR Section Co-Chairs this year. Hope to see you at any of our CLE programs and wherever the ADR journey may take us!
Section Membership and Mission
The Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section is a voluntary group of 320 attorneys, who are members of the Bar, and other non-Bar member professionals who support the concept that disputes need to be resolved by the participants in the most appropriate, efficient and effective manner. Many of the members of the section are mediators and arbitrators, some are judges, and all are interested in the methods which allow, to the greatest extent possible, disputants to select and be involved in the resolution of their controversies. Section members have, during the course of the Section’s existence, supported training, outreach and excellence in dispute resolution skills, and have sought to link their efforts with other groups having the same interests and philosophies.
Our mission is to explore, promote, and integrate into our legal system alternative modes of conflict resolution through eduction of the Bar and public, interact with various legal and non-legal groups; provide support for ADR practitioners, both neutrals and advocates; and promote quality in ADR practice.
ADR Section Roster
To access the ADR Section roster, please sign into the Oregon State Bar website and click on “View Section Rosters”.
For information about the section or to provide feedback on this website, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.